Colors of Afghanistan

Herat, Afghanistan

“A landscape might be denuded,
a human settlement abandoned or lost,
but always, just beneath the ground
lies history of preposterous grandeur. . .
They are everywhere, these individuals

of undaunted humankind,
irrepressibly optimistic and proud.”

– The Carpet Wars, Christopher Kremmer

Hazarajat, Afghanistan
Kabul, Afghanistan

“Every street of Kabul is enthralling to the eye
Through the bazaars, caravans of Egypt pass
One could not count the moons that shimmer on her roofs
And the thousand splendid suns that hide behind her walls.”
Translation by Josephine Davis

Kabul, Afghanistan
Kabul, Afghanistan
Kabul, Afghanistan
Kabul, Afghanistan
Kandahar, Afghanistan

If my heart trembles
for Kabul,
it’s for the slow step of summer noons,
siestas in my father’s house which,
heavy with mid-day sleep,
still weighs on my ribs…
It’s for the hawker’s cry
of the vegetable seller doing his rounds,
lost in my neighbors’ troubled dreams,
that my heart’s trembling.
– Shakila Azizzda

Mazar i Sharif, Afghanistan
Parwan, Afghanistan
Bandi Amir, Afghanistan
Kabul, Afghanistan

Yet even at their most turbulent, the Afghans have tended to impress travelers with their dignity and hospitality as much as their fierce independence.”
-William Dalrymple,  author of Return of a King: The Battle for Afghanistan 1839–42

Pul i Khumri, Afghanistan
Kabul, Afghanistan

God must have loved Afghans because he made them so beautiful.”

Pul i Khumri, Afghanistan
Maimana, Afghanistan
Pul i Khumri, Afghanistan
Bamiyan, Afghanistan

In Afghanistan, you don’t understand yourself
solely as an individual.
You understand yourself as a son, a brother, a cousin to somebody, an uncle to somebody.
You are part of something bigger than yourself.
– Khaled Hosseini

Bamiyan, Afghanistan
Afghan border, Afghanistan
Afghan Border, Afghanistan

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